halfway through january and holding strong

It’s time for the Weekly Wrap with  HoHo Runs and Taking The Long Way Home

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Things are moving along beautifully this year.

Sunday – 4 mile hike + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 13

We took the Cub Scouts out for a lovely hike at a nearby nature preserve. It’s sometimes hard to organize things on weekends, but it was great to be able to get outside, even if we did get drizzled on. The kids opted for the four mile loop and it was great to stretch our legs. We are going to schedule another one soon.

Afterwards, little man went home with one of two of his buddies, so Mr PugRunner and I had an unexpected day date!

Monday – 5 miles, running  + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 14 

Five mile run, done!

Little man had a great day of school and an awesome karate class. We are getting used to his new schedule, and I’m not yet sure if I like it or not.

Tuesday – 6.5 miles, running  + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 15

Another back to back run! I am getting more used to them, even if they aren’t my favorite. Since we are running four days a week, it’s bound to happen, so I might as well embrace it.

Wednesday – Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 16

Little man will be starting basketball in a few weeks, but the organization with which we registered offers clinics and camps leading up to the season. Since he has never played on a team, Mr PR took him to this weeknight clinic to see him in action. He did great and said that he loves it!

Thursday – 7 miles, running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 17 

I ended up getting a little bit of an earlier start so managed to finish my run at seven miles instead of six. Yay!

When little man got home from school, he surprised us with his Honor Roll certificate! Reports cards were scheduled to come home Friday, but certificates went out ahead of time! He had struggled a bit this quarter, and we were so proud of him for staying on top of his grade and working hard to achieve his goals!

That evening, we did a Pinewood Derby car cutting session at a friend’s house. We had some difficulties with the saw so didn’t get the entire group’s cars cut, but we made a fairly significant dent.

Also, I got to visit my friend’s horse!

Friday –  Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 18

Friday morning started bright and early, picking up 60 dozen donuts for a Donuts with Dad event at our school. The turnout ended up being HUGE (over 500 people!), so we were absolutely beat by the time the last parents cleared out. Mr PR brought little man and one of his buddies whose dad was out of town.

Afterwards, we went to order trophies for our upcoming Pinewood Derby, as well as to get more supplies for the scroll saws for more derby car cutting later that night.

Saturday – 8.5 miles, running + Blogilates Flat Abs/Sleek Arms/Butt Lift 30 Challenges Day 19

I was really dreading the idea of this long run. It’s been a while since I’ve managed this distance, so it was in my head. However, once we got up and out, things went pretty well. I’m so grateful for a regular running buddy who helps keep my mind off the hard parts.

I had to rush home because little man and Mr PR were heading off to a night of camping. At this point of Cub Scouts, the kids are being invited to join different Boy Scouts troops for meetings, camping and other activities, to kind of check things out and see what troop that might like to belong to when they cross over.

It was a pretty big deal.

After they got on the road it was time for me to get things done. That evening, I was attending a 4oth birthday party with a 1970s theme. Time for all the blue eye shadow, middle parts and beaded jewelry! It was a blast!


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Running is awesome. I have logged 67.9/90 miles for the month of January and it looks like I will finish the month with over 100 miles. Whoo!

Blogilates challenges are going strong. I’m having a bit of a struggle with the up up down downs – they are causing a bit of a strain under my one shoulder blade, but I adjusted my form and seem to be going better.

Hydration is going. Since it’s been so cold, I haven’t really been drinking a lot anyway. However, I’m having some form of water daily, which is a huge improvement from the past.

This week’s new recipe was Tamale Pie. I was signed up to deliver dinner to a friend, so I made a double batch of this. Even a single batch made a ton for leftovers to freeze, so it was great. This was a hit in my family and hers and we will add into the rotation for sure.

Almost done with White Fang on the reading front. Little man hoards his books, so I have to go searching for them and read when he’s not watching. I have a book sitting on my nightstand that I need to crack open as well.

Score for the week is A-/B+.

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30 Responses to halfway through january and holding strong

  1. My son used to get in trouble for reading books during class, while the teacher was lecturing. LOL. Nice kind of trouble to get in! Good job on your workouts. My long run is now up to 11 miles. Even though I’ve done 13 marathons, I still get nervous when the distance starts getting longer! I agree – It’s so nice to have a running partner to keep your mind busy!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      My family used to joke about gift-giving occasions: if you wanted me to be engaged for the day, give me the books last. I live to read, which is part of the reason I’m not putting down so many books right now – I know if I pick one up, I will be completely engaged in that rather than the 80,000 other things I’m supposed to be doing. I guess there are worse faults.

  2. HoHo Runs says:

    You had a great week! Great job on the long run. Having a friend by your side is a great distraction for those miles passing by. Now, a 1970s party…that’s something I could totally get behind. 😉 How fun! Your tamale pie looks like my cheeseburger pie. I’ll check it out. Thanks for linking!

  3. Renée says:

    I’m always amazed at how much you guys do in the week. How are all the miles feeling? I mean I know you have a goal and you are focused but how do the miles feel?

    I had an ok workout week. Missed another Tuesday run. I mean I was active but my head and my food weren’t all that great. There’s always the new week and a new opportunity though, right?

    By the way you look gorgeous in that last pic!

    I’m going to check out that recipe!

    • runswithpugs says:

      The miles feel good. I’m not saying it’s always easy to roll out of bed that early, but once I’m out, my body feels fine. I have a few runs where my legs or heavy or where my hips clicks a little, but then we take an extra walk break and I am more diligent about stretching. I’m also not pushing with speed work or tempo runs, and I’m not worried about pace at all. We get to chatting so much that half the time, it’s barely feels like we’re running.

      Every day is a new day to try again! You’ll get right back in your groove.

  4. Darlene says:

    Great week. You are really running a lot of miles. I struggle to get more than 3 except for a long run.

    Kudos on keeping up with the challenges too.

    The tamale pie looks delish.

    Good thing I had no goals. I wouldn’t be crush them. But I’m getting by. All is good. And freezing. -7 and that’s not windchill

  5. Looks like you logged some great mileage in this week! Hope your party was fun

  6. Farrah says:

    Congrats to your son, and great job on getting so many miles in this week! That’s awesome! And yay for horses! I used to volunteer in a work exchange program at an equestrian center so I could take riding lessons and I really miss getting to hang out with them! <3

  7. I forgot to mention when you said you wanted to drink more water, you should try Hint! It’s flat water, but lightly flavored with just “essence” of fruit. So no calories or sugar, nor artificial sweeteners. I drink a ton more water when I have it in the house.
    Nice work getting all those miles in! You’re killing it this month!
    Little man is really getting big. Almost time for boy scouts already?!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I have tried Hint but it’s just not quite enough flavor. I’m just a big baby LOL!

      This month has been fabulous! I’m feeling great!

      He really is. We are checking out different troops and it’s really amazing what he is capable of doing. Love it, but it’s crazy to think he’ll be off to middle school in August.

  8. You had a full week!

    I wasn’t great at the goals so far this year…as in I haven’t really made many. But I’m slowly coming up with things that I want to work on or do.

  9. Coco says:

    Oh my gosh, your son looks so awesome in his scouts uniform and gear! You must be so proud of his honor roll accomplishment too. The Donuts with Dads event sounds great – and like it was a huge success. You do so much work for school and scouts and still manage to get all your workouts in – a true balancing act.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      He does look pretty handsome, doesn’t he? 🙂 I’m not biased at all!

      The Donuts with Dad was crazy! I couldn’t get over how many people showed up!

      I try really hard to make it all work. Sometimes I do better than others, but I always try.

  10. You are rocking the mileage! Nice job!

    And big congrats to your son on making honor roll!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I’m trying to get those miles done! I feel good, so something is working right.

      I was really proud of him for coming back from a less than stellar interim report. He doesn’t love school like I used to, so it’s hard to guide him. We both get very frustrated with each other – That’s the name of the parenting game, however.

  11. Great week for you! You’re racking up those miles 😉 Oh, ((sigh)), I miss the days of Pinewood Derby!

  12. Wendy says:

    Wow, you’re such a busy lady! This weekend when I was XC skiing, I came upon a Boy Scout Troup camping in the woods. Should I mention that is was in the 20s and snowy? And they were tent camping?

    I would not make a good boy scout.

    • runswithpugs says:

      It’s actually a big deal – they can earn the Polar Patch for tent camping in temps that low. I was actually kind of bummed for little man because if they had stayed one more night, he would have scored his polar patch as it dropped to 30. Mr PugRunner was just fine with leaving before it got that cold LOL.

      I didn’t think I was cut out for the uncomfortable outdoors but I’ve camped in the upper 30s in a tent and did ok. I imagine if I had all the right gear, it would be even better.

  13. Kim G says:

    Nice job on your workouts this week, including your long run!

  14. I so miss those Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts days! All three of my boys are Eagle Scouts and I think I enjoyed the journey as much, if not more than they did!

    • runswithpugs says:

      What an amazing accomplishment! I don’t know if my guy is planning to go full Eagle Scout, but I would love if he did. Black belt and Eagle Scout? He would be unstoppable! He really enjoyed this campout, so I feel that the way has been paved for him, but I guess those are decisions he will have to make as he gets older.

  15. Shathiso says:

    Can I just say I was almost relieved to hear you say you were dreading that long run!? I had the exact same feeling when I did my 12 km run on Sunday. And I knew I could do the distance, having done it many times before. But there is something about increasing mileage in a training cycle that always has me nervous! Glad I am not the only one. What a great week you had and I love how much you squeeze in every week. Your son is really such a star too. Keeping crushing those January goals!

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